NEET exam drama: Three candidates expected, another 3 show up at Nagpur centre - Times of India

NAGPUR: Despite being a relatively low-key affair, the special NEET exam conducted on Wednesday had its fair share of drama. Though only three candidates were expected at Nagpur centre, another three showed up for the exam. These three had not submitted their health certificates online due to which their registration process was not complete.

Officials at the centre refused to speak to the media citing strict instructions from the National Testing Agency (NTA). However, based on information from candidates, both the observers and those from the host centre went beyond the call of duty to help.

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Parent of one of the candidates told TOI that they were not aware that a health certificate had to be submitted. “Our child was unable to appear for the exam last month. Now even when the decision to conduct the second exam was announced, we were not informed about any certificate submission,” said the parent.

Another candidate had the certificate, but forgot to take it to the exam centre. The candidate then contacted his family members who located the document well within time. A copy of the medical certificate was sent to the candidate on WhatsApp, thus enabling the entry. Another candidate, too, had forgotten to submit documents online, but officials decided to help overcome the paperwork issue.

Ultimately all six appeared for the test. With the numbers being so low, there was neither an issue of accommodating demand for extra stationery nor was there any problem related to social distancing.

The three students whose online registration was incomplete, had to sign an undertaking which mentioned that their exam can be held invalid if any information (medical certificate etc) is found to be incorrect.

One of the candidates, whose registration process was complete, told TOI that all of them attempted the paper in the same room. “Yes those three also joined us and everything went off smoothly,” said the candidate, adding that overall, the paper could be described as ‘moderately easy’. “The biology section was definitely easy and chemistry was average. But I found physics to be tough,” said the candidate.

Results for all candidates will be declared on October 16.

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